HMS Loch Alvie (K428)

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HMCS Loch Alvie
HMCS Loch Alvie
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Loch Alvie
Namesake: Loch Alvie, Scotland
Ordered: 2 February 1943
Builder: Barclay, Curle & Company, Whiteinch, Glasgow
Yard number: 700
Laid down: 31 August 1943
Launched: 14 April 1944
Commissioned: 1950
Decommissioned: November 1963
Career (Canada)
Name: Loch Alvie
Commissioned: 10 August 1944
Decommissioned: 11 June 1945
Honours and
awards:
Arctic 1944-45
English Channel 1945[1]
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 20 September 1965
General characteristics
Class and type: Loch class frigate
Displacement: 1,435 long tons (1,458 t)
Length: 307 ft 9 in (93.80 m)
Beam: 38 ft 9 in (11.81 m)
Draught: 8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Admiralty 3-drum boilers
2 shafts
4-cylinder vertical triple expansion reciprocating engines, 5,500 hp (4,100 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 114
Armament: • 1 × QF 4 inch Mark V on 1 single mounting HA Mk.III**
• 4 × QF 2 pounder Mk.VII on 1 quad mount Mk.VII
• 4 × 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on 2 twin mounts Mk.V (or 2 × 40 mm Bofors A/A on 2 single mounts Mk.III)
• Up to 8 × 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on single mounts Mk.III
• 2 × Squid triple barreled A/S mortars
• 1 rail and 2 throwers for depth charges

HMS Loch Alvie was a Loch-class frigate of the Royal Navy, named after Loch Alvie in Scotland. She ordered by the Royal Navy during World War II, but did not see action with them, having transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy before commissioning. After the war she returned to the Royal Navy and would pass in and out of service until 1963.

Loch Alvie was ordered 2 February 1943.[2] She was laid down on 31 August 1943 by Barclay, Curle & Company at Glasgow and launched on 14 April 1944.[2] She was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 10 August 1944 at Dalmuir, Scotland.[3]

Service history[edit]

World War II[edit]

After commissioning, Loch Alvie worked up at Tobermory. She joined the 9th Escort Group at Derry on 19 September 1944. After escorting convoys to and from Gibraltar, on 29 November she sailed as part of the escort of Russian Convoy JW62, arriving at Murmansk on 7 December, then returned to Liverpool for repairs.[4]

The ship returned to convoy escort and anti-submarine operations in the English Channel in February 1945. Later Loch Alvie joined Task Group 122.3 for anti-submarine operations and support duties in the South-Western Approaches and Irish Sea while based at Milford Haven.[4]

After the German surrender in May Loch Alvie returned to the Clyde and took part in escorting Convoy JW67 - the last convoy to Russia - before being sent to Trondheim to escort fourteen U-boats to Loch Eriboll as part of "Operation Deadlight".[4]

In June 1945 Loch Alvie was returned to the Royal Navy to be decommissioned and put into reserve at Sheerness.[4]

Post-war[edit]

Loch Alvie was recommissioned in 1950 to serve in the 6th Frigate Flotilla of the Home Fleet. In 1951 she took part in the search operation to find the missing submarine HMS Affray. The ship was again decommissioned in 1952 and placed in reserve at Chatham.[4]

After modernisation and refit in 1953 she was re-commissioned for service in the Persian Gulf. She carried out a major salvage operation, and took part in the operations to assist the defence of Kuwait in 1961.[4]

Loch Alvie was decommissioned at Singapore in November 1963. During 1964 she was stripped of equipment, and the hulk sold to Hong Huat Hardware, Singapore, for scrapping on 20 September 1965.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battle Honours". Britain's Navy. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "HMCS Loch Alvie (K428)". uboat.net. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Macpherson, Ken; Burgess, John (1981). The ships of Canada's naval forces 1910–1981 : a complete pictorial history of Canadian warships. Toronto: Collins. ISBN 0-00216-856-1. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "HMS Loch Alvie, frigate". naval-history.net. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 

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